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Gabon Communication


The Ministry of Information, Posts, and Telecommunications provides domestic services for Gabon and participates in international services. There are direct radio-telephone communications with Paris and other overseas points. In 2007, there were 26,500 mainline telephones and about 1.17 million cellular phones in use.

There are two main broadcasters in Gabon. The state broadcaster, Radiodiffusion Télévision Gabonaise (RTG), operates two main networks – a national network in French and a provincial network in French and vernacular languages. There is also a special programme on RTG's FM frequencies. Perhaps the most important station in Gabon (and one that many shortwave radio listeners are familiar with) is the privately owned Afrique Numero Un, which operates on FM in the Libreville area and also broadcasts via shortwave radio. Afrique Numero Un also has relay stations in mostly French-speaking African countries. Radio France Internationale has relay stations throughout Gabon. Other privately owned stations also operate in Gabon, though concentrated mostly in the Libreville area.

Like many former French colonies, Gabon uses the SECAM-K standard. However, RTG is the only television broadcaster operating in Gabon. Two television channels (channels 4 and 8) are found in the Libreville area. All other channels and repeaters relay ch4.


Telephones - main lines in use
26,500 (2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular
1.169 million (2007)

Telephone system
general assessment: adequate service by African standards and improving with the help of a growing mobile cell network system with multiple providers; mobile-cellular subscribership reached 80 per 100 persons in 2007
domestic: adequate system of cable, microwave radio relay, tropospheric scatter, radio-telephone communication stations, and a domestic satellite system with 12 earth stations
international: country code - 241; landing point for the SAT-3/WASC fibre-optic submarine cable that provides connectivity to Europe and Asia; satellite earth stations - 3 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean) (2007)

Radio broadcast stations
AM 6, FM 7 (plus 11 repeaters), shortwave 4 (2001)

Television broadcast stations
4 (plus 4 repeaters) (2001)

Internet country code

Internet hosts
88 (2008)

Internet users
145,000 (2007)





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